When a drug bust is so big that it rocks investigators back on their heels, you know it’s a big deal. This one certainly qualifies.
For perspective, as we unpack this story about the scope of this drug bust, remember that fentanyl is much more dangerous than most other drugs.
Sometimes photos tell a story that words cannot. Here is a lethal dose of fentanyl relative to a penny.
Got it? Good. Let’s continue.
Soldiers and police in Mexico seized an industrial-scale meth and fentanyl lab that was so big it startled investigators, federal prosecutors announced Sunday.
The lab had chemical preparation vats about two stories tall that could process 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms) of raw material at a time, said Felipe de Jesus Gallo of the federal Attorney General’s Office.
“In the Attorney General’s Office, we have no record of any seizure of equipment of this size before,” Gallo said.
The mega-lab was uncovered this past week in a storefront advertising industrial cleaning products on the outskirts of Mexico City. –AP
Now look back at that photo of the penny. Re-read the weight.
Take a moment to contemplate both the scale and the number of American lives that would represent.
At one property in Mexico City, authorities arrested an engineer who allegedly built and ran labs for an organized crime group. A drum of what appeared to be a precursor of fentanyl was found as well as written instructions on how to process it.
Authorities also found 290 kilograms of meth “with a high level of purity” at a lab raided in the northern state of Sonora. Gallo said some of the drugs were destined for the United States.
Tying together the raids was evidence that the whole operation was being run by people tied to a group in Sinaloa, home to the drug cartel of the same name.
Mexican marines said they had gathered intelligence indicating fentanyl precursors were being imported from China via a company in Hong Kong. –AP
What does this story tell us about the election?
It tells us that our border policy matters.
It tells us that our China policy matters.
And it tells us that it matters if our President has been compromised, bought, or is susceptible to blackmail when his own interests and the national interest are not aligned.
This is why what Lieutenant Tony Bobulinski — the Democrat hired by Hunter Biden to be CEO of Sinohawk — has to say that could confirm the authenticity of allegations about financial connections between China and the Bidens matters.